As many already know, shopping on a budget isn’t easy. Most of the time we are sacrificing what we really want for something we can afford. It can be a difficult task to pick out items that are both affordable and versatile – or to know it’s worth the investment. When creating a professional wardrobe for the very first time it can be nearly impossible to find where to splurge and where to save. The most common waste of money are from the purchases we make on an impulse. It’s those clothes we “had to have,” yet never end up wearing again.
When a new season approaches our natural instinct seems to be finding the latest styles and adding new pieces to our wardrobe. While creating the closet of our dreams doesn’t happen overnight, it’s definitely something that can be attained over time. Knowing where to invest your money – and where to skimp a little is the first step to shopping on a budget and getting the most bang for your buck.
Great style is all about reflecting your creativity and originality. Many times, shopping within your means can foster that creativity. Going vintage is one easy way to ensure you have unique pieces that no one else will have. While designer items may have a higher ticket price, boutique owners do a good job of curating no-name items that are in the same range as fast-fashion stores like H&M and Forever 21. Another fun way to recreate that ‘off-the-runway’ look is to mix and match high-end designer brands with bargain buys. Pairing a designer necklace with an outfit can add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your outfit.
Another important tip: take good care of your clothes! Don’t skimp on dry cleaning and invest in a good steamer – doing this will allow your clothes to last much longer and look a lot nicer. After that, quality fabrics are essential. When sticking to natural materials like cotton, your clothes will have much more physical longevity. Anything synthetic only gets worse with wear and can have harsh chemical dyes that bleeds.
Depending on your lifestyle or job, investment pieces may vary upon preference. However, good outerwear, handbags, and shoes are all items that make a good investment because they usually get the most wear. Generally, your budget should go to the things that you keep and wear the most. Whatever is left can go to the basics or accessories that are interchanged more often.
Your style doesn’t always have to be defined by a dollar sign or label. If you like it, it’s stylish! Just remember to buy smart, care for your clothes, and save money for the things that matter most to you. Never be afraid to spend money where its worth, just don’t splurge on an item that will only be seen once.